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08. 7.2006

DNA testing restaurant menus

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A couple of great journalists from the St Petersburg Times took local restaurants and seafood sellers to task this weekend. After a Florida fish importer was convicted of mislabeling one million pounds of Alaskan catfish as grouper the paper decided to start testing the authenticity of seafood dishes at local restaurants. Out of the eleven dishes sampled only six were as advertised.

The fish were identified by Therion, a DNA testing company specializing in establishing the genetic history of animal lines. Fish typing has been a booming business as import taxes designed to protect American fishermen have encouraged importers and restaurants to save a couple of bucks wherever possible by illegally passing off cheaper substitutes as premium products.

The grouper is a very easy fish to fake as there are ninety-nine distinct members of the Genus Epinephelus, and any of those fish may be legally designated as a grouper. The restaurants mostly blamed their importers, but it isn�t surprising that over 50% of the dishes were substitutions. Without an in depth knowledge of ichthyology it can be almost impossible to tell a real grouper from a good fake.

(Thanks for the tip, Drew)

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08. 7.2006

Whole-body air dryer

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Akin to the hand air dryers found in many public rest rooms, UK shower specialist Triton introduces a full-body version in their Luxury Body Dryer.

Tritons dryer eliminates damp towels in the bathroom and provides a gentler and more hygienic way of drying off. It also doubles as a fast, efficient heater for those cold winter mornings. Also reduces moisture in the air and keeps the laundry bill in check.

Easy installation and a full-function remote control make it a breeze to operate.

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08. 7.2006

Don't look like a tourist with help from Mircosoft's Pocket Street 2005

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Whenever I'm in a new city, I always hate having to walk around with an open map, because it immediately broadcasts that fact that I'm from someplace else. Microsoft has come up with a nice solution to end my clandenstine peeks at street maps that next time I get lost. Microsoft Pocket Street 2005 allows you to download street maps of North America and Western European onto your Pocket PCs and Smartphones. There are also versions in different languages, including: French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Swedish.

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08. 6.2006

Bluetooth goes haute couture

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Tired of Bluetooth headsets appearing in black, black, or black? Wait maybe theres an occasional silver, silver, or silver. Anyway, headset giant Jabra has come to the rescue with their BT160 model.

Now you can quickly switch the faceplate on your headset to one of 33 styles (all of which are included in the box)!! Choices like zebra, glam squares, powder pink, houndstooth, red velvet, rainbow, and lime spirit give you almost limitless fashion opportunities.

On the technical end, the BT160 features up to 8 hours of talk time and 110 hours of standby time, giving it very solid performance.

Dont forget to make sure your bag, shoes, and belt all match . . . your headset!


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08. 6.2006

Blister Elixir

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Purporting to prevent blisters and irritation from all kinds of footwear, Save My Feet Blister Elixir (formerly known as Tippy Toes) gives hope to those impossible-to-wear shoes.

Whether sporting those new stilettos that scrunch your toes, or squeezing into and suffering through your prize Jimmy Choos for a special occasion, you can prevent the inevitable pain and suffering that was always a given.

A greaseless, non-medicated lotion, Blister Elixir was invented by a marathon runner who doubles as a fashion diva. Lasts for up to 8 hours and wont stain your high-end heels.

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08. 6.2006

The next gen ant farm

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Ant farms used to fairly simple, usually just a plastic box, dirt, and ants from the back yard. Antworks is an ant farm for the 21th century. It comes with this weird non-toxic aqua-blue colored gel, actually developed by NASA, which is both a habitat and food for the ants. So, you can watch the ants eat the gel and make tunnels, and other ant activities. The kit comes with the gel, a case, and blue LED lights attached in the base for extra sci-fi effect. Ants are not included but are easily ordered from the internet or can be found at any summer picnic. Add a webcam, and you've got yourself a pet webcam site with very little maintenance, because the ants require no additional food or water.

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08. 6.2006

Sprint says Hello, Moto

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As reported by Reuters, Sprint has announced that it has reached an agreement with Motorola to start selling Motorolas extremely popular phones like the Q Phone PDA and the new SLVR line beginning in the fourth quarter of 2006.

Sprint has historically sold Motorola phones in a very limited fashion. Since Sprints takeover of Nextel, the gap has closed as Nextel uses Motorola almost exclusively.

Although Sprint users have access to quality phones from Samsung and the like, they always seem to be in second place for getting the best of the new phones. This news gives hope to loyal Sprint customers who have long felt short-changed.

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08. 5.2006

Game on: World Cyber Games 2006 is here

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For our gamer readers, the World Cyber Games 2006 is underway, with preliminary rounds currently going on in six continents. Games include: Counterstrike 1.6, Fifa Soccer: 2006, Most Wanted, Brood War, Winter Assault and WarCraft III: Frozen Throne for the PC and for the Xbox, Project Gotham Racing 3 and Dead or Alive 4. More than 700 players from 70 countries will descend onto Monza, Italy from October 18th to 22nd for the grand finals. Not just for kids, serious cash can be made here; last year's tournament had $2,500,000 USD in total prize money.

Check out the Official website for more information, and their crazy hard rock theme song, "Beyond the Game".

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08. 5.2006

Add some bling to your earphones

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It's said that in LA, people have cars to separate themselves from the masses, while in New York, we have portable music devices. For many New York subway riders, earphones are in constant use, which makes them the perfect place to start adding some individual flavor. These tricked out earphones, with fake diamonds, will add a little luster to your daily commute or workout. Cheesy? Perhaps. Geeky? Certainly. Must have? Well, that's up to you.

Via Akihabara News

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08. 5.2006

It looks like a credit card and a calculator: the Samsung P300 mobile phone

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OK, I'm going to date myself by admitting that I remember when I thought the credit card thin calculators that were included in Day Planners in the 80s where rather nifty. Oh, how times change. The Samsung P300 mobile phone is a mere 9 mm thick, the same width of a standard credit card. Somehow, they managed to squeeze in a 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth and a MP3 player into this tri-band phone. Best of all, it sort of looks like a calculator.

You can get it now from Dynamism for $449, unlocked and ready to use if you have a sim card for a GSM service provider like Cingular or T-Mobile.

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